Dealings with the Devil: The Legend of Robert Johnson

One of the most enigmatic, mysterious and celebrated musicians of all time – Robert Leroy Johnson only ever recorded two records during his short career. However, his legacy lives on long in musical history. Born in the poor town of Hazlehurst in the Mississippi Delta region of the American South in the 1910s, much of his life is poorly documented. In fact, only two verified photographs of this legendary performer exist. The mystery surrounding much of Robert Johnson’s time on Earth has led to a whole series of legends and tales swirling like thick cigar smoke around the facts of...

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Free Jazz, What Does Freedom Taste Like?

Some people don't understand it, but there is the detail: there is nothing to understand. Or yes, if you take the meaning of the word as in French: entendre that means to listen. From there it can be said that someone doesn't like free jazz. Not only is valid but let's say, natural. In very reductionist terms, it’s possible to claim that our brain interprets what is symmetrical as beautiful and therefore pleasurable; on the contrary, finding these qualities in asymmetrical or chaotic structures is more difficult. Let's think that today there are those who still cannot see the beauty...

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The Forgotten Voices of Jazz

Jazz has been present for more years than anyone can tell, with its melodies that reach the depths of the soul, intense lyrics, interpreted by mournful, hurtful and dreamy voices, there is nothing else to do but surrender to its spell. A loud history of female voices has contributed to the genre’s sense of desolation, of bitterness, of background music for the most heartfelt drunken nights. It's hard to talk about female voices in jazz without mentioning the names of Ella Fitzgerald or Billie Holiday among other great interpreters of the genre. But, what about those voices that are hardly...

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